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Black and White: The History of Ska and Punk

The history of ska, punk and their anti-racist collaborations This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Rock Against Racism concert which took place in Victoria Park, London in 1978. Whilst a predominantly punk affair, it is worth remembering the role that British ska/ 2 Tone bands played in fighting…

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Put a Halt to Sexual Assault in Music!!!

It is difficult to comprehend that in 2018 there are still incidents of sexual assault and harassment in the music industry. Over the years and to this present day there have been a worrying number of women on and off the stage that have sadly encountered (or at the very…

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Punk Hearts Hurt Too

Countless people we meet throughout our lives seem to find comfort in music. Throughout time and across genres, music has widely been argued to be a crucial outlet for those that need to channel anything they feel needs expressing.  ‘Punk’ is considered to be an expressive genre which encourages the…

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Year Zero… and all that bollocks

There’re lots of myths about punk but perhaps the most pervasive and mistaken is the supposed “year zero” attitude to music – wipe the slate, start again… no more Beatles or Rolling Stone, as The Clash explained. It was trotted out as rabble-rousing mantra by the NME in ’77, supported…

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What’s the problem with pop punk?

For anyone who is a punk music fan, you are probably used to the elitism and snobbery that comes with the genre. Mention you like punk music to anyone else who also likes it and get ready for some covert (or sometimes downright overt) ‘testing’ to see how punk you…